Meet Awol Erizku The Artist Behind Beyonce’s ‘I Have Three Hearts’ High Art Pregnancy Photos

King Bey strikes again. 

Source: Beyonce Official Site

Beyonce told us that she is having twins because whatever the project even if it’s creating life, she must top herself with every new attempt. After she posted a series of images on her site, where Blue Ivy blesses her mummy’s belly, Beyoncé hangs out in water and surrounds herself with a bunch of lucky flowers. While the aesthetic is wonderful it is far from random, the shoot is titled ‘I Have Three Hearts’ after a Warsan Shire poem.

I Have Three Hearts by Warsan Shire

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Marc Jacobs Broke My Heart

Yes, the dreads are upsetting, but it did not end there.

When I first saw the pictures of the S/S 2017 runway show, I scoffed and was prepared to part with some respect  for the designer. In my opinion, Marc Jacobs is a great designer. Jacobs seems to always manage to be playful and startling but not at the expense of elegance so I was disappointed to see this. The use of mainly white models in dread locs to me read like a cheap grab at publicity, which happens all the time in fashion.

Marc Jacobs Dreads

*exasperated sigh*

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A Broken Buying Culture.

Colonial hangover + Unethical Pricing = Mediocrity

In 1964 Kenya began to enjoy freedom. However, today we still live in a haze of mental slavery. You see it with a server at the ‘upscale’ cafe who serves the foreign looking table with a speed and enthusiasm distinctly missing from the table with faces too close to their own. Or at ‘it’ pseudo intellectual gatherings where the foreign needle eye opinion is hailed as absolute by locals who should know better.The driving force behind Kenyan culture remains largely external and rarely self-determined.

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Valentino’s Spring 2016 Campaign.

“The clothes were inspired by African motifs.” ~McCurry

To me the word inspiration is tied to respect. To be inspired by something is to love that thing so much, your love for it sparks a new creation. When you are inspired,you are awed by your muse, you want to learn more about your muse. Unless of course, your muse is Africa.

In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions.

Binyavanga Wainaina, How to Write about Africa

Design house Valentino went to Steven McCurry to shoot their Spring 2016 campaign. And went as far as referring to him as a ‘cultural reporter’ perfect for their African excursion.

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Wish List 2

I want so much…

1. Michael Soi Tote Bag

Yes they are trendy, cool and are probably on a recommendation list on a tripadvisor forum. But I really like these bags because, every one of his pieces tells a story, and I think it would be pretty special to be able to own and carry around one of his stories. And as an artist I commend his personalised skill.

Check out more of Michael Soi’s work here

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What is fashion

A quick look at the technical side of fashion.

When I hear fashion discussed in Kenyan pop culture fashion is often referred to as something superficial. The inconsequential thing ‘stylish’ people do with clothes, runway shows and make up. In addition fashion is exclusive and not for everyone. Which is incorrect; provided you wear clothes (even ugly ones) you are part of the fashion industry.

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Now, of course fashion means different things to different people. And everyone takes on a different role. There are people who drive the fashion engine and for the purpose of this article we will refer to them as fashion experts. These experts go beyond the pretty models, PR people and style bloggers that visit your timelines. The contributors to fashion are numerous, but can be categorized by what they contribute to the industry as a whole.

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Wish List I

One day I will own a fabulous walk in close but in the meantime I enjoy fantasizing about what I’d fill my closet with. And ’tis the season (the fashion week season that is) to write part 1 of my wish list.

1. Skirt (Look 1W) from SS15 wEIRD collection.

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The structure on the skirt is very heavy, but interesting. Because of the complicated lines I don’t know if I could pull it off, but I would definitely love a chance to try.

Check out more of Gloria Wavamunno’s work here

2. Bag from Ikire Jones’ SS16 collection.

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